Artwork of Link using the slingshot in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
|First appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons|
|Latest appearance||Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition|
- “What are you doing buying a slingshot, you naughty thing? You're too old for toys! Will you at least let the kids play with it? Oh, I should tell you, if you happen to run out of pellets, you can also use pumpkin seeds.”
- – Sera
Slingshots are a recurring type of weapon in The Legend of Zelda series. They are a small weapon consisting of a Y-shaped stick and an elastic band, from which projectiles are fired. The Fairy Slingshot is the first type of Slingshot to appear in a The Legend of Zelda game, although the first appearance of a standard Slingshot is in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. Bows are a similar type of weapon as their purpose is to also aim and shoot at targets.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, a Slingshot is the main treasure of Dancing Dragon Dungeon. With the Slingshot, Link can fire Seeds in one of the four compass directions. There is a stronger variant named the Hyper Slingshot, which can shoot three seeds in two diagonal directions and the direction that Link is facing each. The slingshot's counterpart in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages is the Seed Shooter.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Slingshots can be found on Item Podiums throughout Hyrule. They are very similar to the Fairy Slingshot as they use Deku Seeds for ammunition, and their icon shares an appearance with the Fairy Slingshot's artwork.
If Link throws a Slingshot into a Great Fairy fountain, it upgrades to a Level 2 Slingshot, which functions the same as the Hyper Slingshot from The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Link can purchase the Slingshot from Sera's Sundries in Ordon Village for 30 Rupees. Included with the purchase are some Pumpkin Seeds, which the Slingshot uses as ammunition. Sera intends for the Slingshot to be a kids' toy, so when Link buys it, Sera chastises him for being too old to play with toys and asks him to at least allow the children to play with it.
After Link purchases the Slingshot, if he goes to the area outside of his house, he can find Talo, Malo, and Beth. The three of them are excited to see his Slingshot, and they set up a target practice in which Link must shoot at targets and the scarecrow. During the challenge, Beth provides instructions to Link on how to use the Slingshot.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Bucha gives the Slingshot to Link. Unlike earlier titles, the Deku Seeds fired from the Slingshot arc in flight before falling to the ground. Some small enemies such as Keese and Guays can be defeated by the Slingshot, but most larger enemies get stunned. Link can optionally upgrade the Slingshot to the Scattershot in the Bazaar, allowing it to break each seed into multiple pieces of shrapnel to fire at his enemies.